Run For It
(Photo : Gold Circle)
“It is true, real pleasure is genuinely rare…”
The “big three” of South African racing are the Vodacom Durban July, the Sansui Summer Cup and this weekend’s J&B Met in Cape Town. In terms of fan appeal and betting turnover, the Met ranks second only to the July, and Kenilworth racecourse will be packed to the rafters to see whether the three-time Horse Of The Year, Pocket Power, can pull off another epic. It’s said that the Met could be the final outing for the eight-year-old son of Jet Master, so he goes to the post with a touch of nostalgia, and the support of everyone who has the smallest element of sentiment in their makeup.
It won’t be plain sailing though, even at the weights, which favour the best horse in the race, because the form of Mother Russia in the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate was more than just a warning shot. Mike de Kock has proffered excuses for her previous slightly below par performances in last year’s Met and this year’s Summer Cup, and believes she’ll get the trip.
The class of this year’s three-year-olds is up for judgement with the participation of the Guineas runner-up, Run For It, whose rapid-fire finishes in his last couple of outings, suggest he’ll get the trip. Ten furlongs is a long way against older horses for a three-year-old, but against those of his own age, this one has shown in their class at least, he’s a top performer. At Summerhill, we’ll obviously be rooting for the Kahal colt, Tales Of Bravey, who carries the silks of ex-Gold Circle Chairman, Roy Eckstein. He was second in the Queen’s Plate, staying on stoutly, and is proven at the trip.
You don’t get to the J&B Met though without feeling the buzz of the inaugural Cape Premier Yearling Sale. The recent exploits of Group One heroes, J J The Jet Plane and Gypsey’s Warning in recent times in Hong Kong and the United States, have reinforced the international repute of the South African-bred racehorse. The plain truth is, our horses are good, and they can hold their own with the best in the world. Better than that though, they represent the best value in the world, half the price of New Zealand-breds, and a third of Australian-breds. It gets better from there if you compare them with northern hemisphere markets in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. And the fact that roughly one in five of the catalogue pages is recognisaible to international connisseurs of bloodstock, gives the overseas investor a feeling of warm familiarity.
This country has a long tradition of excellent horsemen, and our colleagues in the Cape rank with the best anywhere. There’s a reason why our horses run as fast as they do, and it starts with the land, the climate and the management of our stud farms.
We’re not there in horseflesh terms, but we’ll be there in body and in spirit. The Summerhill team wishes our colleagues a great sale.
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